Merry Meet and Merry Part, and Merry Meet again

Monday, January 28, 2013

Whirling Dervishes on a Monday Morning

Monday morning and it's Wrestlemania here. The dogs are romping and tussling in the living room, with Gwennie racing around the circle between living room, dining room and kitchen. The wrestling grows intense. The kittens watch from under the dining table then begin their own version of "Animals Gone Wild". Why so much flurry and fuss so early in the morning? It is all in good fun, of course, but I am sitting at my desk with a second cup of coffee and whirling dervishes are very distracting this time of day.
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The Full Moon was sighted briefly Saturday night during a freak clearing of clouds. She was rising and her appearance was awesome. Sharply revealed in that velvet blackness, such a bold whiteness. Clean, snowy-white, bright and beautiful. And then the clouds swept back in and no sign of Her since. But seen or unseen, a powerful presence.
Saturday's Full Moon as seen from my deck (apologies for blurriness)

This week will be spent preparing for Imbolc, the Wiccan sabbat that falls on February 2nd. Traditionally this sabbat is a precursor to Ostara in March (The Spring Equinox). Imbolc is the mid-way point between Yule (the Winter Solstice) and Ostara. In times gone by, pagans would celebrate this day because the signs that Winter is nearing its end are appearing. Lambs and calves begin arriving, burrowing animals start crawling out of their winter dens and perhaps crocuses and snowdrops are showing their pert little selves. In modern times, Wiccans and pagans take heart that the Winter will be over soon. In my neck of the woods this thought is purely symbolic, as Winter usually lasts past the Spring Equinox. Most of our sabbats are symbolic in nature as we are a Spiritual bunch and observances reflect our traditions in spite of calendars and weather.
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More about Imbolc as the week goes on.

It is snowing today and ice is also expected. I am envious of my daughter who flew to Florida over the weekend to attend a business convention in Orlando. Poor thing, it is expected to be 81 degrees F there today, how will she manage?!

Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet Again!


Topper said...

Well I will be glad that January is over, no matter what the ground hog does. January although, welcoming a new year, is such a sad, cold month. I always look forward the February. Not sure why.

mxtodis123 said...

So true. I'm looking forward to Imbolc. It gives me hope for the spring. We've had some snow in the morning and it is supposed to change to rain. Gonna be a sloppy trip home.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yeah, Imbolc is a bit of a bust up here in Canada too. No friggin' crocuses or snowdrops here on February 2nd either.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

I echo Debra's sentiments above! Imbolg in Canada (unless you live on the west cost) see nothing, nothing!

Anonymous said...

I wonder when the pagans, back in the days, celebrated that here. February is the coldest month of the year up here and it's only the longer days that shows spring is closer. I guess they celebrated Imbolic at least a month later up here. Must see if I can find anything about it on the net. But snow drops are showing already :-)

Have a great day!

Jeanne said...

The daffodils here are sending up their leaves. I know the unseasonably warm winter has caused them to awaken early. We finally got a bit of snow last nite but it won't last long - temps are supposed to get into the 50s again this weekend.

Jess said...

I've got all my family coming over on the 2nd and I'm looking forward to that. Lovely to know it coincides with Imbolc. :) We have our bulbs coming up in the garden and primroses even after those days of snow so it does feel as though spring is approaching soon.xx

Magic Love Crow said...

Love your pictures of the full moon on saturday! How beautiful, that you saw her ;o) Hope everyone survived the wrestling match! LOL! Big Hugs ;o)